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About Certification

Credibility. Influence. Opportunity.

You can reach new heights in professional security ​excellence with an ASIS board certification!

Be one of the many ASIS board certified practitioners that are leaders, mentors, and trusted strategic partners, serving both their organizations and the profession

Ready to achieve your professional and personal best? Choose the certification that's right for you.

Steps for Certification

Applying for Certification

Certification FAQs

Preparing for the Exam

The Value of an ASIS Certification

Enjoy personal satisfaction and professonal achievement by:

Validating your security management expertise

Elevating your stature in the profession

Gaining a competitive edge in the marketplace

Enhancing your career and earnings potential

Broadening experience and training from law enforcement and military backgrounds

Pamela Cichon, CPP, began working as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in 1987. Her career was postmarked for success. In the 30 years since, she has worked her way up to become a program manager in physical security within the Security Group at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s national headquarters.

Choosing a Certification

Certified Protection Professional (CPPⓇ)
The Certified Protection Progessional (CPPⓇ) is considered the "gold standard" for security management professionals. This certification validates your knowledge in all areas of security management. Eligibility equirements include 7-9 years of security experience and 3 years in responsible charge of a security function.

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Associate Protection Professional (APP)
The Associate Protection Professional (APP) designation provides the first "rung" on the security manager's career ladder. It is for those with 1-4 years of security management experience and measures the professional’s knowledge of security management fundamentals, business operations, risk management, and response management.

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Professional Certified Investigator (PCIⓇ)
The professional Certified Investigator (PCIⓇ) certification provides demonstrable proof of an individual's knowledge and experience in case management, evidence collection, and preparation of reports and testimony to substantiate findings. Requirements include a high school diploma or GED equivalent and five years of investigations experience, with at least two years in case management.

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Physical Security Professional (PSPⓇ)
The Physical Security Professional (PSPⓇ) demonstrates your knowledge in physical security assessments, application, design, and integration of physical security systems, and implementation of security measures. Eligibility requirements include a high school diploma, GED equivalent, or associate degree AND six years of progressive experience in the physical security field OR a Bachelor's degree or higher AND four years of progressive experience in the physical security field.

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Military and Law Enforcement

Recognized worldwide, ASIS’ security certifications are transferable across all industry sectors and geographic borders. Professionals in more than 80 countries proudly hold one or more ASIS certifications.

"Earning a board certification was an important addition to my military experience and training. It validated my security knowledge and competency as well as opened the door to a worldwide network of peers with proven security management expertise."

~ Michael J. Allshouse, Colonel, USAF (Ret.), CPP, Director of Information Protection Air Education and Training Command.


Reaching Your Career Potential: Why ASIS Certifications Are a Vital Professional Investment

Listen to this free, on-demand webinar to learn more about ASIS certifications. We’ll explain each of these programs—including which program is right for you—how to apply for the exams, study tips, and why employers hire those with these designations. Plus, we’ll give you the answers to our most frequently asked questions to set you up for success!

Meet a Certificant

"If you are someone who likes to help people, be part of a mission greater than yourself, and don't mind unique challenges, it's definitely the right path for you." - Anjali Sniadowski, CPP, PSP

Anjali Sniadowski, CPP, PSP admits that a security career may not be for everyone. She can list some downsides: irregular hours and hard work. But in her mind, the pluses outweigh any negatives.

Certificant Spotlights

ASIS salutes all certified practitioners for their commitment to professionalism and continued improvement. Spotlights, featured here and in Security Management magazine, offer personal insights from certified practitioners explaining why they opted to earn their board certification.

Check out all of their stories and learn about how an ASIS certification can help advance your career.

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